A White House official told CNN on Thursday the President's "sh-hole" remark was being received much differently inside of the White House than it is outside.
Trump was not apologetic and denied he was racist, said the confidant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a private conversation. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to question Nielsen's competence as homeland secretary.
Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa.
State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), a candidate for IL attorney general, released a statement Tuesday saying Rauner's inability to call Trump a racist is "pretty damning".
Trump has insisted he is not racist following an global outcry over an offensive comment he is accused of making about some African, central American and Caribbean countries.
Perdue described the reports that Trump used the word as a "gross misrepresentation". "I can not believe that in the history of White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak (Thursday)". She added that "others in the room were also using tough language".More news: Instagram Adds 'Last Seen', Here's How You Turn it Off
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Nielsen said she did not believe Trump would have the authority to extend the March 5 deadline for the ending of the program.
The White House has not denied that Trump used the vulgarity, but Trump and some Republicans have disputed public accounts of the meeting.
Durbin said Monday the White House should release whatever recording it might have of the meeting.
The comment about other nations was reportedly made during a bipartisan meeting aimed at finding a compromise deal for Dreamers, young people without legal immigration status who were brought to the U.S. as children.
Nielsen said she did not remember Trump categorizing African countries in a specific way.
In a hearing Tuesday, Graham said Trump had reversed course, expressing openness on an immigration deal early last Thursday, only to reject it hours later. But he said he became unhappy when Graham and Durbin, who had told him they had a compromise on the Dreamers issue, presented the details. There appears to be little difference in meaning between the two words.
The debate continued to play out Tuesday as Washington was gripped with uncertainty over whether the government would shut down at midnight Friday, when temporary government funding is set to run out, in the absence of a deal on immigration and other matters. "We have people pouring in".
On Friday, before he departed the White House, Trump encouraged the public "to observe this day with acts of civic work and community service in honor of Dr. King's extraordinary life ... and his great legacy" as he signed a proclamation recognizing Monday as the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.